Waukee junior wing Tucker DeVries reacts to his team beating Valley to advance to the boys' basketball state tournament. Des Moines Register
Every March, college basketball coaches from around the Midwest descend on Wells Fargo Arena to watch high-end talent at the Iowa boys' basketball state tournament.
And it will be no different next week.
This year, Norwalk point guard Bowen Born headlines a group of talent that will draw plenty of college attention, in addition to the basketball fans from around the state coming to Des Moines to watch them play.
Here are the biggest names to watch, broken down by class:
Ty Anderson, North Scott
Class:No. 4 prospect in 2020
College: Northern Iowa
Anderson is a ready-made, 6-foot-6 mid-major wing whose defense will likely be his calling card at the next level, at least early on. He's averaging 18.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists entering the Well.
Chase Courbat, Cedar Falls
Class:No. 4 prospect in 2021
Offers: Northern Iowa
Courbat is a 6-9 big who is nimble, runs the floor well and is versatile defensively. Schools such as Drake, Creighton, Iowa, Wisconsin and Stanford are also showing interest. He's averaging 10 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Landon Wolf, Cedar Falls
Class: No. 13 prospect in 2021
Interest: Missouri-Kansas City
Wolf is an active, 6-5 shooting guard/wing with an excellent shot who can score in a variety of ways. He leads the Tigers with 11.7 points per game while shooting 44.2% from 3-point range.
Trey Campbell, Cedar Falls
Campbell is a promising 6-4 lead guard with a nice combination of length, athleticism and basketball IQ. He's averaging 5.8 points along with 4.6 assists per game. He has a 2.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as a sophomore.
Josh Ollendieck, Cedar Falls
College: Truman State
A 6-3 combo guard, Ollendieck can score from anywhere on the floor and he's an active defender. He's averaging 11.4 points per game while shooting 41.8% from long range.
Even Brauns, Iowa City West
Class: No. 3 prospect in 2020
Brauns has transformed from a 6-9 athlete with rockets in his legs to a well-rounded post who's headed to one of the country's most consistent mid-major programs. He's averaging 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Marcus Morgan, Iowa City West
Class: No. 6 prospect in 2021
Interest: Northern Iowa, Loyola Chicago
A 6-2 combo guard who could also play Division I football or baseball, Morgan is one of the smoother athletes you'll see. He's an excellent shooter, and he embraces defense. He's averaging 9.8 points and 2.2 assists while shooting 44.3% from beyond the arc.
Tucker DeVries, Waukee
Class: No. 1 prospect in 2021
Offers: Drake, Creighton, South Dakota State, Air Force
The state's most college-ready junior prospect, DeVries is a 6-6 point forward who can play multiple positions in college. He's a long, plug-and-play shooter who can handle the ball, too. He's averaging 21.8 points (on 50% shooting from long range), 7.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Payton Sandfort, Waukee
Class: No. 2 prospect in 2021
Offers: Iowa, Utah, Minnesota, Drake, Loyola Chicago, Air Force
Sandfort, who checks in at 6-7, is another versatile point forward/wing who could play multiple positions, from the 4 to the 2, at the next level. His effort is infectious on both ends of the floor. He's averaging 19.6 points (while shooting 46% from long range), nine rebounds and four assists per game.
Pryce Sandfort, Waukee
Keep an eye on Payton's younger brother, Pryce. He's 6-4 right now and will likely grow, and he's an active, long defender who plays with a toughness rare for someone his age. He's averaging 9.3 points (on 46.4% from long range) and 2.3 assists per game.
Cody McCullough, Ankeny Centennial
Class: No. 12 prospect in 2020
College: Wayne State (Division II)
McCullough is an active, 6-8 stretch forward with a good motor who's an efficient scorer. He's logging 13.9 points per game this year while shooting 70.6%. He's also adding 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
Jaron Crews, Ankeny Centennial
Offers: Missouri S&T (D-II)
A sturdy, 6-1 point guard, Crews impresses most with his court vision and floor general abilities. He's averaging 4.6 assists per game, in addition to his 13.7 points per game. Truman State, Sioux Falls and Emporia State are among the other D-IIs interested.
Micah Johnson, Ankeny Centennial
College: Missouri S&T (D-II)
A nimble 6-7 post, Johnson projects as a versatile stretch forward at the D-II level. He's averaging 12.3 points and seven rebounds per game, all while shooting 57.5% overall and 55.6% (10-for-18) from 3-point range.
Braxton Bayless, Ankeny
Offers: Junior college offers from Kirkwood, DMACC, Iowa Lakes, Kansas City Kansas
Bayless is a physical, 6-1 point guard who can take over a game on offense. It's looking like he'll wind up taking the junior college route. He's averaging 22.9 points per game while shooting 54.9% and 46.7% from 3-point range. He's also averaging 4.4 assists.
Ryan Riggs, Dowling Catholic
Class: No. 10 prospect in 2021
Interest: Iowa State, Drake, Creighton
Riggs is a fundamentally solid, 6-8 post player who is active off the ball and has shown in limited reps that he can shoot from long range. He's averaging 12.2 points and 6.4 boards per game while shooting 58%.
Omaha Biliew, Dowling Catholic
Considered by some to be a top-five national prospect, Biliew is a physically mature, 6-7 wing who plays beyond his years on defense and has all the tools to be dominant on offense. Beyond his Iowa offer, Biliew is fielding interest from schools such as Memphis, San Diego State, TCU, Washington, Iowa State, Drake, Oklahoma State and Louisville. He's averaging 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Jake Layman, Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Class: No. 14 prospect in 2021
Offers: Sioux Falls (D-II), Augustana (D-II), Morningside (NAIA)
Layman is a lanky, 6-7 shooter who can get hot from long range. He's scoring 11 points per game this year while shooting 30.1% from outside. In addition to his D-II and NAIA offers, Layman also has interest from D-I Colgate in New York.
Keaton Kutcher, Mount Vernon
Class: No. 8 prospect in 2021
Offers: Western Illinois
Kutcher is quick with decent size (6-2), an excellent 3-point stroke and a clutch gene. Beyond his Western Illinois offer, he has interest from schools such as Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Brown, Holy Cross, UNI, Drake and Illinois State. He's averaging 20 points per game while shooting 39.5% from long range. He'a adding 3.5 assists per game, too.
Bowen Born, Norwalk
Class: No. 2 prospect in 2020
College: Northern Iowa
Checking in at 5-11, Born is a pure gamer who knows basketball as well as anyone in the country. He's an elite shooter and his handle is excellent. He can score in bunches from all three levels. He picked UNI over Drake and other Midwest mid-majors. He's averaging a state-best 37.5 points per game while shooting 42.8% from 3-point land.
Caleb Delzell, Camanche
Class: No. 13 prospect in 2020
Offers: Truman State (D-II), Sioux Falls (D-II)
At 6-8, Delzell projects as a stretch forward at the D-II level. He's averaging 14.9 points per game while shooting 58.8% and 40.6% from 3-point range. He's adding 8.6 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, too.
Trey Shearer, Montezuma
Class: No. 15 prospect in 2021
College: Truman State (D-II)
A high-octane bulldog in a 5-10 frame, Shearer is a productive high school point guard with the speed and IQ to be effective at his size. He's averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 63.7% and 45.3% from outside.
Angelo Winkel, Bishop Garrigan
Class: No. 7 prospect in 2021
Interest: South Dakota State, Iowa State, UNI, Utah State, Nebraska-Omaha, Missouri-Kansas City
Winkel is a bouncy, 6-9 forward who has enjoyed an excellent junior season so far. He's averaging 18.9 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 58%. He's also shooting 29.7% (11-for-37) on 3-pointers, a shot he continues to develop.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
Your subscription makes work like this possible. Join today at DesMoinesRegister.com/Deal.